1804 - 1889 (84 years)
||Obediah Brown |
||Dyer, Dire |
||07 Nov 1804
||Toronto, York County, Ontario ?, Canada
||25 Jul 1873
||Tuolumne County, California
|Patentee: DYER BROWN|
Issue Date: 7/25/1873
Land Office: Assigned For Automation
U.S. Reservations: No
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: March 17, 1842: Scrip or Nature of Scrip (5 Stat. 607)
Document Nr.: 1543
Accession/Serial Nr.: CACAAA 106473
BLM Serial Nr.: CACAAA 106473
||13 May 1889
||Burneyville, San Joaquin County, California
||Burwood Cemetery, Escalon, San Joaquin County, California
- Obediah (Dyer) Brown, 1804-1889, Canada>Ohio>Illinois>California
Our ancestor Obediah (Dyer) Brown was born 7 November 1804 in Canada,
perhaps Toronto, York County, Ontario. His father was William or
Jonathon Brown and his mother was Elizabeth Brooker or Brougher or Cronk
After the death of Dyer's father about 1812, Dyer's mother Elizabeth
moved with most of her children to an area 2.5 miles southwest of
Mechanicsburg, Champaign County, Ohio.
In 1820, she and four sons were
listed in the 1820 Federal Census in Deer Creek Township, Madison
County, Ohio. One son was under 10, one (Dyer) was 10-15, 2 sons were 16-25, and Elizabeth was 45 or older.
The first known written mention of Dyer Brown is from the Court of
Common Pleas, Probate Division a certificate to copy of record: "1641
Dyer Brown To Jane McMillin Febry. 7th 1828/ The State of Ohio
Champaign County SL. I hereby certify that on the 7th day of Febry I
joined together in the holy state of matrimony Dyer Brown and Jane
McMillin of lawful age Given under my hand and seal this 7th day of
Febry AD. 1828."
Jane was born in 1810 in Monroe Township, Madison County, Ohio. There
is some evidence that her family may have come from Pennsylvania.
Jane's last name has been written many ways including McMullin.
In 1830, Dyer and Jane Brown, both 20-30, were counted on the Federal Census for Monroe Township, Madison County, Ohio with a daughter under 5.
About 1835, Dyer and his family moved to Pike County, Illinois. His
mother Elizabeth and several of her other children and their families
moved to Illinois about the same time.
On 28 October 1840, Dyer Brown aged 30-40 appeared on the Pike County, Illinois Federal Census with his wife Jane aged 20-30, two sons (one under 5 and one 10-14), and three daughters (one under 5, one 5-9, and one 10-14).
On 3 Nov 1840, Dyer purchased two Land Patents in Pike County Illinois
of 40 acres each from the Quincy Land Office. One tract was described
in Document Nr.: 10169, Accession/Serial Nr.: IL4050__.111, BLM Serial
Nr.: IL NO S/N, Description: SESW 14/ 4-S 6-W No 4th PM - 1815
Illinois IL Pike. The other tract was in Document Nr.: 6229,
Accession/Serial Nr.: IL3980__.098, BLM Serial Nr.: IL NO S/N,
Description: SWSW 1/ 5-S 6-W No 4th PM - 1815 Illinois IL Pike.
On 14 Sep 1850, he was still living in Pike County, Illinois and on the
Census in the West Division, Township Four S Five W. He was listed as
Dire Brown, 44 years old, married, a farmer, and born in Canada. His
wife Jane was listed as 40 years of age and born in Ohio. Eight of
their nine children were listed with them.
Between 1852 and 1853, Dyer Brown and his family moved with others in a
wagon train from Pike County, Illinois to Drytown, Amador County,
California. Along the way, a smallpox epidemic took the life of his
wife Jane and scarred their baby Mary.
In the 21 Sep1860 Census of Tuolomne County, California, Dyer was living
with his daughter Hannah Frances Crosby and her husband in Township #6,
Green Springs Post Office. Dyer Brown was listed at 60 years of age,
born in CE, with $420 in personal property.
By the 1870 Federal Census on 22 July, Dyer was living in Washington
Township, Langworth Post Office in Stanislaus County, California. In
this census, Dyer was the head of the household, 66, a farmer, $4000 in
real estate, $5000 in personal property, a male citizen of the United
States born in Canada, with parents of foreign birth. His daughter
Hannah and her family were living with him.
On 25 July 1873, Dyer purchased another Land Patent of 160 acres
described in Document Nr.: 1543, Accession/Serial Nr.: CACAAA 106473,
BLM Serial Nr.: CACAAA 106473, Description: E½NE 31/ 1-S 13-E No
Mount Diablo CA Tuolumne, W½NW 32/ 1-S 13-E No Mount Diablo CA
In his last Federal Census on 9 June 1880 in Camp Washington, Stanislaus
County, California, Dyer was still living with his daughter Hannah and
her husband. He was listed as a 76 year old widower, blind, and born in
Canada of parents born in Canada.
In 1882, The History of Madison County, Ohio, by W. H. Beers & Co. of
Chicago wrote that James and Dwyer (Dyer) Brown, two brothers, were
natives of New York, but became residents of Somerford Township about
1818-20...Dwyer (Dyer) Brown married a Miss McMullen, and subsequently
Dyer Brown wrote a will on 10 July 1886 in San Joaquin County,
California. He died 13 May 1889 at the home of his daughter Matilda
Huntley in Burneyville, San Joaquin County, California and was buried in
the Burwood Cemetery, Riverbank, San Joaquin County, California. His
grave there has not been found.
On 28 May 1889, the following document was presented: "#1683 In the
Probate Court of the County of San Joaquin State of California. In the
matter of the Estate of Dyer Brown Deceased. Petition for Probate of
Will. To the Hon. Joseph H. Budd Judge of the Probate Court of the
County of San Joaquin State of California. The petition of Lyman L
Huntley of the said county State of California, respectfully shows:
That Dyer Brown died on or about the __ day of April 1889 ... in San
Joaquin County in this state. That said deceased at the time of his
death was a resident of the County of San Joaquin in said State and left
estate therein consisting of personal property: That the probable value
and character of the said property are as follows, to wit: a note and
mortgage for the sum $225.00 and a trunk and wearing apparel, in all of
the value including said note, of about $235.00. That the estate and
effects, for or in respect of which the probate of the will hereinafter
mentioned is hereinafter applied for, does not exceed the sum of two
hundred and thirty-five dollars; That said deceased left a will bearing
the date the 10nth day of July AD 1886 in the possession of your
petitioner which your petitioner believes and therefore allege to be the
last will and testament of said deceased, and which is herewith
presented in said Probate Court: That your petitioner and one Matilda
Huntley are named in said will as executor and executrix thereof: and
Aury Brown aged about forty-eight years, residing at Stockton in this
county of San Joaquin is named therein as legatee: That the subscribing
witnesses to said will are W. J. Scott residing in the county of San
Joaquin and James M. McCarty residing in the County of San Joaquin.
That the next of kin of said testator whom your petitioner is advised
and believes and therefore alleges to be the heirs at law of said
testator: and the names ages and residences of said heirs are Aury Brown
aged about forty-eight years, residing at Stockton in San Joaquin County
California; Louisa Hartley aged about 45 years, residing at Modesto in
Stanislaus County in this state; Mary Hocker, residing in Calaveras
County; Matilda Huntley of Stockton in this county; Nancy Biter of
Drytown in Amador County; Drucilla Gillam residing near Redwood City in
this state; Martha Jones of the territory (or state) of Washington; the
children of James Brown, whose names and residences are unknown to
petitioner; Hannah Crosby of Taylor County in the state of Texas. That
at the time said will was executed, to wit: on the said 10th day of
July 1886 the said testator was over the age of eighteen years, to wit:
of the age of about seventy-three years or thereabouts, and was of
sound and disposing mind, and not acting under duress, menace, fraud, or
undue influence, and was in every respect competent, by last will, to
dispose of all his estate; That said will is in writing signed by the
said testator and attested by said subscribing witnesses, at the request
of said testator subscribing their names to the said will in the
presence of the said testator and in the presence of each other; and
that as your petitioner is advised, and therefore allege said witnesses,
at the time of attesting the execution of said will, were, and are now
competent; That said Matilda Huntley is your petitioner's wife.
Wherefore, your petitioner prays that the said will may be admitted to
Probate and that Letters of administration be issued to your petitioner,
and that for that purpose Your Honor appoint a time for proving said
will, and that all persons inter.........and directed to appear at the
time appointed for proving the same; and subpoenas be directed to be
issued to the said subscribing witnesses to the said will, residing in
the said San Joaquin County; and that all other necessary and proper
orders may be made in the premises. And your petitioner will ever pray,
etc. Dated May 28th 1887 L. L. Huntley ... ..."
Dyer and Jane McMullan Brown had nine known children. They were:
Matilda Brown was born 7 February 1828 in Monroe, Madison County, Ohio.
She married Lyman Lysander Huntley 18 September 1847 in Pike County,
James M Brown was born about 1831 in Muskingum River, Madison County,
Ohio. He married Mary Ann Willis 22 May 1851 in Pike County, Illinois.
Nancy Lucinda Brown was born about 1833 in Madison County, Ohio. She
married a Mr. Biter.
Aury Brown was born in 1835 after the family moved to Pike County,
Illinois. He never married.
Drucilla Brown was born about 1838 in Illinois. She married a Mr. Gillam.
Hannah Frances Brown was born in 1842 in Pike County, Illinois. She
married James Harvey Crosby about 1858 in California.
Louisa Jane Brown was born 8 September 1846 in Pike County, Illinois.
She married a Mr. Hartley.
Martha Brown was born in May 1847 in Pike County, Illinois. She married
John B Jones in 1863.
Mary Brown was born in 1850 in Pike County, Illinois. She married a Mr.
by Honey Lanham Dodge
||23 Jul 2009 |
||Jane McMullin, b. 1810, Monroe Township, Madison County, Ohio , d. 1853, California (Age 43 years) |
||07 Feb 1828
||Champaign County, Ohio
- McMillin, Jane Spouse : Brown, Dyer
Marriage date : Feb 7, 1828
County of record : Champaign Co.
|+||1. Matilda Brown, b. 05 Jan 1829, Monroe, Madison County, Ohio , d. 1898, Oakdale, Stanislaus County, California (Age 68 years)|
|+||2. James M Brown, b. 1831, Muskingham River, Madison County, Ohio , d. 1862, Stockton, San Joaquin County, California (Age 31 years)|
|+||3. Nancy Lucinda Brown, b. Mar 1833, Monroe, Madison County, Ohio , d. 11 Aug 1912, Stockton, San Joaquin County, California (Age ~ 79 years)|
| ||4. Aurey Brown, b. Mar 1834, Pike County, Illinois , d. 1909, California (Age ~ 74 years)|
|+||5. Drucilla Brown, b. 18 Sep 1838, Pike County, Illinois , d. 2 Feb 1895 (Age 56 years)|
|+||6. Hannah Frances Brown, b. 1842, Pike County, Illinois , d. 1899, Maricopa County, Arizona (Age 57 years)|
|+||7. Louisa Jane Brown, b. 08 Sep 1846, Pike County, Illinois , d. 22 Dec 1907, California (Age 61 years)|
|+||8. Martha Ellen Brown, b. May 1847, Pike County, Illinois |
| ||9. Mary Brown, b. Jun 1850, Pike County, Illinois |
||4 Jun 2009 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
Monroe, Madison County, Ohio
Monroe, Madison County, Ohio
Obediah Brown - part 2|
Pike County, Illinois
Pike County, Illinois
Obediah Brown - part 2|
Pike County, Illinois
Green Springs, Tuolumne County, California
Longworth, Washington, Stanislaus County, California
Camp Washington, Stanislaus County, California
James Harvey Crosby|